Pacer Mohammad Amir produced a brilliant spell of bowling early on in the Indian chase, as Pakistan thrashed the defending champions by 180 runs to win their maiden Champions Trophy title.
After the batsmen did their job and put on a huge total of 338 runs, Amir came out to bowl and wreaked the Indian top-order in stunning style. Amir got rid of the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan as India were reeling at 33/3 in 9 overs and couldn’t recover from there.
Rohit, Kohli and Dhawan were in rich vein of form ahead of this clash and were also amongst the top 10 run-scores of the tournament. After Pakistan had posted a huge target, India were still confident that they could chase it down because of the form of their batsman.
But before India could even open their account in the chase, Amir got rid of Rohit for a duck. A brilliant in-swinger from the left-arm pacer and Rohit was caught plumb LBW.
Kohli soon followed suit as an Amir delivery took a huge edge of Kohli’s bat and Shadab Khan took an easy catch while fielding at point. But Amir wasn’t done there, as he then got rid of Dhawan in the 9th over of the innings. Dhawan tried to hit a ball which was outside the off stump and ended up giving away an easy catch to wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed.
Amir bowled 6 overs and picked up 3 big wickets and gave away just 16 runs. These are the kind of performances that win you matches, and in this case, the title.
“That’s the start we needed. At the start, Kohli. Rohit and Shikhar.. they were in great form but I did it. To be honest, it is all a result of teamwork,” said Amir after the end of the match.